Grand Rapids sponsors Local First Street Party and GRand Jazz Festival


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Grand Rapids city commissioners approved a list of 24 events the city will co-sponsor this year, and that list contains two new ones.

New to the list are the Local First Street Party and the GRand Jazz Festival. Local First’s annual party is set for June 1 on Weston Street between Ottawa and Market avenues, while the jazz festival will take place at Rosa Parks Circle on Aug. 17-18.

“Two new events have been added to the list; the GRand Jazz Festival and Local First Street Party. Each of these have brought large numbers of people downtown and have contributed to the vibrancy and culture of the city,” said Todd Tofferi, who directs the city’s Office of Special Events.

Having the city co-sponsor an event means the event’s organizer gets reduced fees.

Other events on the city's co-sponsorship list include ArtPrize, Celebration on the Grand, the Fourth of July Celebration, Blues on the Mall, LaughFest and the long running Festival of the Arts.

The list also includes six parades.

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